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Former Friar Joey Cora Now A Finalist For Mariners Managerial Opening

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

About a month ago I got really excited about the prospect of Joey Cora becoming the next manager of the Mariners. Since then I haven't really heard much about it and was starting to wonder what's going on. However, yesterday word came down from on high that Cora is still in the mix and is in fact such a serious candidate that he got a second interview.

The Mariners had also been considering another ex-Padre, former catcher Brad Ausmus, who had been working for the Friars as a special assistant to baseball operations for the past three years, but the Tigers snagged him up to replace Jim Leyland. If Cora does get the Seattle job, he would become the fourth active manager who used to play for the Padres. Ausmus and two other former Friar backstops, Bruce Bochy and Mike Scioscia, are the others. If the inclusion of Scioscia's name made you raise an eyebrow, trust me, he was a Padre.

The only downside I can think of to Cora signing on to lead the Mariners is that I'll miss hearing him on MLB Network, but that's a small price to pay.